As the spring season brings beautiful temperatures, blooming flowers, and sunny skies, retirees can take advantage of the outdoors while spending time with their grandkids. Instead of being cooped up inside the house when the grandkids come to visit, active adults can enjoy some quality time with them with numerous springtime activities. From nature walks to trips to the zoo, retirees are sure to find plenty of ways to make the most of this beautiful season.
Plant a Garden or Visit a Botanical Garden
Spring is the perfect season to be in a garden. Planting vegetables, flowers, or herbs is a fun and easy way to spend quality time with your grandkids. You can buy seeds and plant them in your own backyard while you teach your grandchildren how important it is to eat healthy produce, be more environmentally friendly, and learn the value of fresh food. If you don’t have space in your yard to plant a garden, you can take a trip to a local botanical garden and learn about the various plants and flowers that exist in the world.
Visit the Zoo
A trip to the zoo is always fun no matter what age you are. You and your grandchildren can explore the various exotic animals and catch a glimpse of the newly born animals. Not only is it fascinating to watch these animals in person, but it's also a great educational experience you can share with your grandkids.
Have a Picnic
A picnic outside at a local park is another great way to spend time with grandkids while soaking up some sunshine and fresh air. Plan a picnic and have your little ones help you make and pack the food for the picnic basket. You can bond while making sandwiches and other tasty snacks to take along. Don’t forget to pack a blanket and some games like a Frisbee or ball to play catch after your meal.
Go On a Nature Walk
Something as simple as a walk in the park can be fun and a great way to stay active outdoors. There are tons of parks and forest preserves in every state that offer trails and paths that allow for scenic strolls. Bring along some binoculars in case you see any wildlife on your nature walk.
Camp in Your Backyard
If you want to experience the great outdoors without the wildlife element then camping out in your own backyard may be the next best thing. You can share experiences about camping and tell stories from your own experiences. Dust off your old tent and sleeping bags and set up a campsite outside your home. You can enjoy a relaxing night under the stars while you help your grandkids make s’mores or read some bedtime ghost stories.
Take a Trip to the Museum
From art and science to natural history and aquariums, museums are fun and educational places that retirees can take their grandkids for an interactive experience. Museums are great places for kids because they typically have exhibits that cater to kids that keep their attention while teaching them through hands-on experiences. Museums also host small group discussions, kid programs, and learning activities that grandparents and children can do together for a unique bonding experience.
Go to a Baseball Game
Baseball, America’s pastime, is the perfect springtime activity to spend with your grandchild. Depending on where you live, baseball tickets are reasonably priced and offer a great family-friendly environment. You and your grandkid can cheer for your home team while eating hot dogs and peanuts for a memorable afternoon.
Teach Them How to Play Golf
If golf is your favorite hobby then why not share that knowledge and skill with your grandkid? You can show them how you started out in the game and what tips and tricks you learned along the way that made your game stronger. You can start slow like playing a short game of nine holes or just helping them practice their swing at the driving range. And if they are fast learners, they can potentially be a future golf buddy (or at least a caddy).
Visit a Farmers Market
Almost every city or town has a farmers market that you can visit on a specific day throughout the week. Bring your grandkid along and show them how shopping for local produce is important for the local economy as well as the environment. And with plenty of samples offered in farmers markets, you may also get them to try a new vegetable or fruit they may have never tried before too.
Take Them to the Playground
If all else fails, you can always take them to the playground. Playgrounds are fun and jam-packed with outdoor activities and recreational areas that will keep you and your grandkids active for hours - if you can keep up with them. Enjoy an exciting day swinging, sliding, and running around that will make you feel young at heart.